Grand Canyon National Park's free distance learning programs offer students an exciting introduction to the science behind the park.
In Ancient Life, students become paleontologists as they explore Grand Canyon's fossil record through a live and interactive lesson with park rangers via the Internet. By examining the canyon's fossils, rock layers, and current environments, students learn to use observations and inferences to hypothesize about past environments. They also participate in a game to learn what it takes to become a fossil. The program lasts about one hour.
How to Participate
Schools must have video conferencing capability to dial the park's IP address at the scheduled time, or they can participate online via Skype.
2017-2018 Distance Learning Application Form
Once you are scheduled for a distance learning program, use the following links to access the lesson plans and materials needed to prepare your students.
- Ancient Life Lesson Plan (52KB PDF)This lesson is conducted by the ranger during your program; please print the cards prior to your scheduled program.
- Ancient Life National Standards (55KB PDF)
- Fossilization game cards Please print the cards one-sided.
- Student pre-assessment
- Student post-assessment
- Interactive Grand Canyon Geologic Map (AZ Geological Society and USGS)
- A Geologist in Grand Canyon - Map Story (Virtual Tour)
- The fictional chapter book Path of the Thunderbird can be used to provide a deeper connection with our curriculum along with addition resources located on the book's website.
- Climate Change, Earth Science, Geology, Landscapes, Paleontology, Physical Science
- National/State Standards:
- NS.K-4.1 Science as Inquiry
NS.K-4.3 Life Science
NS.K-4.4 Earth and Space Science
NS.K-4.6 Personal and Social Perspectives
NS.5-8.3 Life Science
NS.5-8.4 Earth and Space Science
- Distance Learning